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Do You Really Need That New Elearning Consultant? If So…

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While the benefits of online learning have been clear for years, it’s only recently that online learning has gone mainstream. Post covid19, traditional face to face training isn’t po ssible.

E-learning Activities That Don’t Suck!

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There’s a lot of boring e-learning out there. If you’ve been guilty of this in the past you have no excuses now. Start by creating better e-learning activities. In our article, “The Dummies Guide to Developing Online Learning” we listed several e-learning activities. Now, we provide successful online activities for self-paced e-learning. Ones that will elevate the quality of your online course. While also greatly improving knowledge transfer to the learner.

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Benefits of Online Learning: 27 of the Best Secrets You Need to Know Today

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Since Covid-19 people are now more familiar with some of the benefits of online learning. The global pandemic has forced organizations, their employees, and customers, to move to online learning. Some of the benefits, however, are much more obvious than others. While most writers on the topic list 5 or 6 of the obvious benefits of online learning there are many more. Here we give you 27 benefits of online learning. Many I am sure you won’t have thought of.

April Dunford and Obviously Awesome

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April Dunford and Obviously Awesome. Scared to learn how positioning can make your instructional products awesome? You should be – it’s not what you thought! You know your product is awesome – but does anyone else? If the answer is no, then you need to forget everything you thought you knew about positioning. That’s according to April Dunford. Sound scary? You bet. But it’s not about following trends or comparing yourself to the competition to attract the widest customer base.

Paycor CFO Survey: The State of American Business in 2021

In Paycor’s latest survey, more than 2,000 Finance and HR leaders told us about their plans for 2021. Download the survey for actionable insights and tips.

How E-learning for Health Changed After Covid-19

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Even before Covid-19 took the world by storm, the World Health Organization (WHO) knew e-learning for health was important. In a 2013 study WHO claimed that more available e-learning for healthcare was to be a major focus. Another WHO study on e-learning for health showed that online learning provides superior outcomes over in-person training. Then came Covid-19. Placing more extreme stress on the healthcare systems of countries around the world.

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10 Qualities and Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company

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Why Hire an Instructional Design Company? There are many reasons you to consider hiring a company that specializes in developing instructional products. For example, you need a new training or e-learning course but. You, and/or your organization, are new to e-learning and you aren’t sure where to start. You have a small team and can’t afford to add a permanent employee.

THE DUMMIES GUIDE TO DEVELOPING ONLINE LEARNING

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Has your organization reached a size or stage where you’re struggling to keep up with the training demands? Or are you looking to reach a new audience in a more modern way? Then developing online learning or an e-learning course might be your solution. Yet, where to do you start? What do you do, more importantly, what shouldn’t you do? And how do you know that developing online learning is the right solution for you?

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How To Select The Best Instructional Design Company

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How To Select The Best Instructional Design Company. In the first article in this series we discussed the 10 Qualities & Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company. Then we posted an article on How To Find A Great Instructional Design Company. Now we turn our attention to how you assess their qualities and skills to hire the best instructional designer.

Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer

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Traps To Avoid When Hiring An Instructional Designer. This is the last in our series of articles discussing finding and selecting a great instructional design company. In our first article we discussed the 10 Qualities and Skills of Great Instructional Design Companies. Our second article focused on how to identify a list of potential candidates. Our previous article discussed steps to select the best candidate to work with.

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9 Warning Signs Your Employees Need Language Training

Most global companies are diverse in perspectives, backgrounds, and yes, language. Language barriers can compound existing communication problems, often resulting in business losses. Learn the 9 warning signs your employees need language training today!

How Do You Find A Great Instructional Design Company?

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How Do You Find A Great Instructional Design Company? In an earlier article we discussed 10 Qualities and Skills of a Great Instructional Design Company. While that post describes the top qualities and skills you should look for, how do you actually find a great instructional design company? In this post we expand on the previous article, to suggest ways you can find companies to then assess their qualities and skills. Referrals From Your network.

Designing a “Learning Journey” #LX

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One of the most useful tools that we instructional designers can borrow from #UX is the Customer Journey map. After we’ve confirmed that this training should exist (a la Cathy Moore’s Action Mapping), we should remember that learning is not an event, but a journey. What is a Learning Journey? It’s a type of timeline that we can use to align different types of instructional products or solutions to support learning. Learning is not a binary activity, it takes time!

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Designing a learning experience, applying #UX to instructional design #LX

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Many of us have heard of “user experience” or UX , but how many of us think about the “learner experience” or LX ? We’ve looked at (ranted?) about the confusion between e-learning design and web design. We’ve looked at some shared goals between product design (and management) and instructional design. Let’s look at how instructional designers might learn from user experience (UX) designers.

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“Training for Good”

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There’s a lot of focus in the L&D world on corporate applications of training or elearning. Which is understandable, but it would seem that the not-for-profit organizations are underserved and under-represented. Several months ago I saved this link with the idea that the L&D world needs a bit of this. link].

The Ins and Outs of Connecting Technologies in a Modern Learning Ecosystem

Speaker: TJ Seabrooks, former CEO at Rustici Software

Have you ended up with a collection of content inputs and data outputs that might be hard to wrangle? If your organization uses multiple LMSs and has content coming from many different places, or you’re heading in this direction, this webinar is for you.

When do you need a “course” (and not something else)?

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There are times when it seems that when training is suggested, it always means “a course” In North America, a course means a single instance of programmed instruction (an e-learning module, a 2 day workshop). It may have different connotations elsewhere (in the UK, it can mean a series of related workshops/events). But many training needs are put in a “course” format unnecessarily.

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Other Training Debt

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I’ve written before about “ Training Debt “, based off: [link] and. link] and. [link]. Here are some other ways that training debt might hurt an organization or a cause. Customer Training Debt. Without investing in customer training, you might find that your customers don’t know how to use your product. Without that knowledge, they might not get the full appreciation of your product. They may not be aware of ,or know how to use certain features.

The role of instructional designer in social/informal learning

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One of the quandaries that instructional designers have been struggling with, is their role (if any) in informal or social learning. First of all, what exactly is informal and social learning? Informal – no set objective in terms of learning outcomes and is never intentional from the learner’s standpoint. Often, it is referred to as learning by experience or just as experience. For all learners this includes heuristic language building, socialization, inculturation, and play.

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Performance equation

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When building your training solutions, it’s really important that you consider how your target audience is going to incorporate this new knowledge or skill into their practice, task or work. Whether it’s online or offline (or both!), think of how you can: Specify and communicate (performance) expectations. Provide training and simulate a realistic environment where they can practice. Augment your solution with resources. Align access to those resources to the process.

The Pro’s Guide To Getting The Best ROI From Your New LMS

You need a Learning Management System when your courses and training programs need to be accessible online. Quickly build the perfect business case and easily determine which LMS will provide the best return on investment you need with this how-to eBook!

How to get the most out of your instructional designer

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(or how to be a good “client”). We recently wrote a post about what makes a good instructional designer , and a great instructional designer is not the only factor in a successful working relationship. We believe it should be a mutually beneficial relationship, so here are some things that YOU as a client can consider when procuring e-learning or instructional design services and getting the most of our your instructional designer.

Questions to Ask SMEs for Branching Scenarios

Experiencing eLearning

When you create branching scenarios, you probably work with SMEs. They’re the ones with the expertise, after all. However, sometimes it can be a struggle to get good stories and concrete details from SMEs.

Build a Branching Scenario in Google Forms

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While tailor-made tools like Twine may be easier for building branching scenarios, it’s possible to use a survey tool like Google Forms. Most survey tools have the option to jump to different questions or sections based on responses.

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How can Artificial Intelligence aid Human Capital Transformation for Modern Organizations?

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The future of work is here, and automation is growing more popular every day. Although the term artificial intelligence sounds futuristic, it is already a big part of our everyday world. Artificial intelligence (ai) is no longer a work of science fiction or a trend to look forward to in the future.

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

How To Set Daily Goals to Manage Multiple Projects

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Many instructional designers, elearning developers, and LXDs manage multiple projects simultaneously. We’re often working on several staggered projects, especially while waiting for stakeholders to review something.

Normal. Ish.

InSync Training

I don’t remember what prompted this tweet in January, 2012, but I feel it even more strongly now than I did then. Since the onset of COVID, we have seen 3 phases of its effects on training and training delivery: Virtual Classroom - Facilitation Virtual Classroom - Production Learner Experience

DevLearn DDX 2020: Week 2 Recap

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DevLearn was different this year. It was fully online, called the “DevLearn Digital Experience” (DDX). Even online, it was a great experience. The sessions were valuable, and there was a sense of energy and community that doesn’t often happen in online events.

ID and eLearning Links 11/10/2020

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on branching scenarios, capturing video use data, PowerPoint productivity, and more. Branching scenarios. Branching Scenarios: Yes, No, Maybe? –

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

L&D and D&D: Learning and Role Playing Games

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I was invited to be part of a discussion about D&D (Dungeons and Dragons), role playing games, and learning. Luis Malbas of TLDC hosted a conversation with Matthew Piece, Jonathan Rock, and me.

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ID and eLearning Links 8/25/20

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As I read online, I bookmark resources I find interesting and useful. I share these links periodically here on my blog. In this post, I share links on video conference tips and tools, video production costs, diversity, and freelancing. Video conference tips and tools.

How to Get Started Writing a Branching Scenario for Learning

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A colleague asked me, “Once you and your client have agreed on a branching scenario approach, how do you get started writing it? How do you get from the broad concept of training on X topic to actually creating the scenario?”

Planning a Branching Scenario

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After I have completed my analysis for a branching scenario , I spend time planning before I start actually writing the content. My planning includes three components: A scenario concept and summary An outline A list of mistakes. Scenario Concept and Summary.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.